Event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Meet approved contractors on Devolved Schools Programme

National Development Finance Agency partners with Enterprise Ireland for construction sector information event

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is running an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Devolved Schools Programme.  The event takes place on Thursday 15 August 2013 in the Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co Cork, at 9.30am. Munsterbased construction suppliers and enterprises will learn more about the schools building programme in the region and have an opportunity to meet with the five contractors who have been appointed to the Design & Build framework panel on the Devolved Schools Programme.  Attendees will also find out how to become a sub supplier.

The NDFA Devolved Schools Programme consists of 17 schools sites in Leinster, Munster and Connacht with a mix of new builds, extensions and some remedial works to existing schools both at a primary and post primary level.  There are six school sites that have been selected in Munster for inclusion on the programme: three schools  in Cork - Watergrasshill National School; Cloughduv National School and CBS Midleton; two schools in Miltown, Co. Kerry -  Kerry Presentation Secondary School and the  Nagle Rice National School. A new school will be built in Limerick as part of the programme which will be an amalgamation of Galvone National School and Southhill National School. A new post primary school for 1000 pupils will also be built in Athenry, Co Galway.

The five Design & Build contractors that were appointed to the panel include Sammon Group, JJ Rhatigan & Co and Western Building Systems. Two joint ventures are also on the panel - ABM /Clancy Construction & Stewart/Tracey Brothers.

Registration for the event is free and open to construction sector trades in the following categories:

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Blinds Subcontractors
  • Carpentry Contractors
  • Ceilings/Partitions/Studs
  • Cladding
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Demolition
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Façade
  • Fencing
  • Fire Prevention Maintenance  
  • Flooring & Tiling Contractors
  • Formwork
  • Furniture & Equipment suppliers *
  • Groundworks/Earthworks Contractors
  • Glazing / Rooflights Contractors
  • Gym Equipment
  • ICT Contractors (cabling only) *
  • Joinery Supply
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Laboratory Furniture & Equipment
  • Landscaping Subcontractors
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Mechanical Contractors
  • Metalwork
  • Painting Contractors
  • Partitions
  • Passenger Lift Contractors
  • Paving Subcontractors
  • Pest Control
  • Piling
  • Plant Hire
  • Plastering
  • Precast Concrete
  • Roofing
  • Security
  • Stone
  • Structural Steel
  • Suspended Ceiling Subcontractors
  • Timber Frame
  • Waste Management Subcontractors
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Window Cleaning 
  • Windows

* ICT Equipment and Loose furniture does not form part of this programme

Interested companies can now register to attend by visiting the following website NDFA Devolved Schools Meet the contractor event (Munster). There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event where attendees can meet representatives from local business support organisations including local enterprise boards, the Europe Enterprise Network operating under Cork Chamber and also get information on the Pathways to Work initiative from the Department of Social Protection.

The NDFA is acting on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DoES) to deliver on part of its €2 billion major school building programme over the next five years. This programme is historic for the State due to its size and scale with over 100,000 permanent school places to be delivered. This Five Year Plan of investment will create an estimated 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the period of the programme (an annual average of 3,000 direct and 600 indirect jobs). Within the frameworks of this overall programme, the NDFA Devolved Scheme will deliver almost 10,000 new and refurbished school places across 17 school sites. This is a welcome boost not only to the construction industry but to the communities where building will take place.

Brian Murphy, Chief Executive of the NDFA, welcoming the opportunity to work in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland on this event, said: ‘The NDFA is pleased to work with Enterprise Ireland and other bodies in hosting this event which will provide the SME and construction sector with access to future business opportunities.  This is the second such event and will be followed by further information and networking events as other projects are rolled out later this year as part of the  Government’s PPP Stimulus Package’.   

Enda McDonnell, Enterprise Ireland Director South-South East Region, said: ‘The building projects in Munster will be a boost to the local economy and our regional office network is working closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and the City and County Enterprise Boards to ensure quality suppliers are made aware of this important networking session with the design & build contractors on the Devolved Schools Programme. Enterprise Ireland’s public procurement team is working with both the public sector and Irish SMEs on key procurement opportunities particularly within the national investment programme. The aim is to increase the number of Irish SMEs who win projects with the Irish Public Sector, leading to employment and providing reference sites for companies focussing on export markets’.

For more information on how to register for the information and networking event please visit:

NDFA Devolved Schools Meet the contractor event (Munster).

Or contact 

Rowena Reid/Claire Shiels

01 296 8688 

schoolsbuilding@conferencepartners.ie 

For more information on NDFA Devolved Schools Programme : http://www.ndfa.ie/TenderCompetitions/DevolvedSchoolsProgramme.htm 

ENDS

For further information please contact the The Press Office Or

Enda McDonnell,

Enterprise Ireland Director South-South East Region,

087-2759277

Enda McDonnell

Or

NDFA
David Clerkin at Gordon MRM

087 830 1779

ntma@gordonmrm.ie

Notes to the Editor

About National Development Finance Agency: www.ndfa.ie
The National Development Finance Agency is the statutory financial advisor to State authorities in respect of all public investment projects with a capital value over €20 million. In its financial advisory role, the NDFA advises State Authorities on the optimal financing of priority public investment projects by applying commercial standards in evaluating financial risks and costs. The NDFA’s overriding objective is to maximise value for money for the Exchequer.

The NDFA also has full responsibility for the procurement and delivery of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in sectors other than transport and the local authorities. In its procurement role, the NDFA is responsible for all aspects of delivering the procurement of projects and hands them over to the sponsoring body after construction is complete and the asset is operational.

The mandate of the NDFA has recently been expanded to deliver these Exchequer-funded schools projects on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.


About Enterprise Ireland: www.enterprise-ireland.com
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency charged with developing and promoting Irish enterprise. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.  The ultimate objective is increased exports, employment and prosperity in Ireland.